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How to Remove Any Stain From Your Carpet

Stains are a pain, not to mention very frustrating the worse they are. When you aren’t able to clean up a stain in time, it can set it deeper and become even more difficult to remove.

But thanks to Martha Stuart, you can now remove any stain from the carpet in your home. Watch and follow along to see Marta’s special stain removal formula to finally get rid of all your pesky stains once and for all.

No matter how tough or stubborn the stain, Martha’s got the solution to maim them.

If you made it through the video, let us know what you think. Could this be an effective way you could utilize to remove stains?

With only a few simple solutions you can find in your home, and the help of a small selection of tools, any fool can use Marta’s method to tackle their set-in stains hard.

* Something important to remember: Don’t rub any of the mentioned solutions into the carpet but instead blot and/or dab them. Rubbing the stain only pushes it deeper into the fibers of the carpet, making the problem worse. The particles can get broken down this way, and become engrained deeper the harder you push.

If you decide to try this solution, let us know how your experience goes. We would love to hear from you!

DIY Pet Odor and Stain Remover

If you have indoor pets, you probably expect to smell the occasional odor every now and then, or come across a nice stain with your name on it.

Covering up these smells with air fresheners is only a bandaid, and will never neutralize the smell completely. Getting to the bottom of the stain or smell will be your only hopes of tackling it for good.

If you have to eliminate stains and odors constantly it’s even more important to treat the problem early on, as it will only get worse. Sometimes animals will continue using the same spot on a carpet because they can sense where they have done it before, which can lead to a mess of an entirely different proportion if the problems isn’t addressed early on.

Lucky for you, we have close ties with an expert odor and stain removal specialist that has volunteered to share their secrets in the website today. Allow us to introduce carpet cleaning expert and stain & odor removal specialist Janet Kingsley, who operates her own carpet cleaning business in Nashville. Janet may use a carpet cleaning machine for the heavy work but when it comes to odors and stains, she IS the cleaning machine.

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of 3% diluted peroxide

1.) Begin by blotting up as many of the stains as you can with paper towels.

2.) Mix the vinegar and water together and pour it on the spot or spray in on there. Spray just enough so that the solution gets deep down into the fibers of the carpet. Don’t overuse the solution, but certainly don’t be stingy.

3.)  Using a scrub brush, toothbrush, or your fingers, work the mixture into the carpet without pressing down too hard.

4.) Blot every little drop of the water and vinegar until you can get it as dry as possible. If you want your carpet to dry faster, use a steam cleaner for faster absorption.

5.) When the spot is near the point of being dry, sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain.

6.) Work some peroxide into the stain using a pair of gloves and your fingers. Pay close attention from here because this solution together will turn into a giant foam.

7.) After a few short seconds, blot the wet area with paper towels to absorb all the water you can.

8.) Give the area time to dry completely.

9.) Once dry, vacuum over the area to remove any residue.

How to Concoct Your Own Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

Carpet is comfortable for our homes but it inevitably becomes dirty and stained in time. Not only that, but deep down in the fibers can lie dirt and other debris that get ground in with vacuuming and frequent walking.

There are plenty of ways to take care of this but why spend a lot of money on renting a carpet cleaning machine or professional when you can make a formula for cheap and easy yourself. Of course it may not take care of the deep dirt, but it will sure keep a fresh top layer for your carpet.

Before beginning, you will need to acquire a few ingredients:

  • Spray Bottle
  • 1 Cup of Warm Water
  • Fresh Sponge
  • Clean Towel
  • 1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

*It’s best advised that you do a spot check before applying this mixture to any large areas. There are many types of carpet out there and they don’t all respond well to the same treatments.

Directions

1.) We begin by mixed all of the ingredients together into an efficient cleaning concoction. Keep in mind that vinegar and baking soda mixed together in large amounts can cause many bubbles and if you aren’t careful, a small explosion. Remember making a volcano in school and using these two ingredients to cause the “explosion.” Yeah, it’s that kind of explosion, ha.

Add the dishwashing liquid first, followed by the white vinegar, and finally the warm water. Put the lid on the spray bottle and hold it over a sink, just enough of an opening at the top to fit in the baking soda.

2.) Vacuum the area and then proceed wipe it gently with the abrasive side of your sponge.

3.) After you have made sure to do a spot check, spray the area with your mixture and gently dab the area with your towel. Be sure not to rub or scrub as this will push the stain deeper into the fibers of carpet, and make the stain more difficult to get rid of.

4.) You should already be able to start seeing some results. Continue to spray and dab the area with your towel to completely take care of the stain.

If the solution has not been as effective as you planned, try repeating the process once your carpet dries. Before doing this, we recommend that you do another spot check but this time on a small portion of the area you previously tried to clean.

Green & Clean: 3 Organic Cleaning Solutions You Can Easily Make Yourself

Many cleaning products can seem expensive as it is, so the idea of switching to an organic line instead many not even be a consideration. Well what if I told you that there was a way that you could make your own natural cleaning products that are economical, affordable, and good for your health.

In my transition to an organic lifestyle I have found that products I already have in my home can be put to work for cleaning, saving me time, money, and allowing me to feel even grander about my health. Baking soda, white vinegar, and water can be turned into a variety of solutions for cleaning your carpets, counters, appliances, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, and more. Who would have thought that such cheap items most people already have in their homes for everyday use could have such a powerful and dramatic affect. Then again, baking soda can be used for almost anything when it comes to cleaning. To really drive my point home, my friend who is a professional cleaner told me that one of the most effective “secrets” she has for tough cleaning is baking soda. It’s completely natural and tough on stains & smells but not your furniture.

Anyways, there are a few other things you are going to need on top of the baking soda and white vinegar to acquire in order to make your own natural cleaning products. These include:

Dish Soap (of any brand)
Lemons
Essential Oil
You are also going to need to gather a handful of tools such as:

Measuring spoons
a scrub brush
Sponge
Spray bottle
:Liquid funnel
and a bowl, about medium to large in size
With these tools and ingredients you will be set-up to create 3 different types of cleaners including All-Purpose, a Sink/Countertop/Appliance cleaner, and refresher for Garbage Disposals.

1.) All-Purpose: Grab your funnel and spray bottle and mix the following together: 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

Lightly shake the solution in a slow stirring motion and then let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add water to the solution and shake it up again, giving it a few minutes to calm back down. If you prefer to add the oil to your solution it’s optional, but this is the point in which you will do it.

2.) Sink/Countertop/Appliance Cleaner: Here’s where you’re going to break out that bowl we talked about earlier on. This is one that you’re going to make as needed.

Add 1/3 cup of baking soda into the bowl and mix in enough water for the solution to turn into a moist paste. Apply solution to surface with a sponge, making more as needed.

3.) Garbage Disposal Refresher: This one may seem pretty obvious and one that you may already be using, but using lemons for a garbage disposal refreshing in indeed very refreshing.

The next time you think about pouring Clorox or 409 down your disposal for a cleansing, reconsider it and toss a couple of lemons down there instead. Not only is it a more natural alternative, it makes your sink smell zesty and fresh.

And there you have it! Since making these cleaning solutions on my own, my home has taken on a more natural feel. I even feel better myself since I’m no longer being exposed to the smell of harsh chemicals and I’m saving money and helping the environment along the way. I hope that you will find them helpful and effective as well, and that they make your transition to an organic lifestyle even easier, not to mention more fun.

Easy Recipes for Green Cleaning

Homemade cleaners may seem like hard work and even dangerous to concoct, but what if we told you that they were easy to make and safer to use and be in the presence of than store bought chemicals?

According to an article on Rodale’s Organic Life, a 2009 analysis of the store bought cleaning product, Comet detected dangerous components found in gasoline such as formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene. Comet as well as most common household cleaning products contain chemicals so harsh that they are linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and even hormonal harm.

The good news is that you can easily make your own green cleaning products that will save you money and any chances that you will be harmed by any of the contaminants we just mentioned above. Here is an outline of 8 green clean products that you can bring to the rescue, in a 2 part series. Don’t worry, we cover just about every major part of your home that could use some natural cleaner.

1.) All Purpose Cleaner

Cleaners we once thought came in handy by having the ability to clean multiple surfaces, now pose a risk for multiple diseases and health concerns including water damage, thyroid damage, and the onset of drug-resistant problems like MRSA. Still want to clean your kitchen and bathroom with these? Instead, make your own. You will need:

  • 1 Part White Vinegar
  • 9 Parts Water

Then all you need to do is mix the two together as so, and mozy right along to cleaning.

2.) Tile and Grout Cleaner

Just like we spoke on above, these harsh cleaners have been linked to many outstanding health issues as serious and life-threatening as cancer. We don’t know about you, but just hearing that word is enough to make you want to make your own safe tile cleaners. You will need:

  • Liquid Soap (any brand is fine)
  • 5-10 Drops of Lavender Oil or a Similar Scent. This one is optional.
  • 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda

Begin by putting the baking soda into the bowl and then slowly mix in the liquid soap and stir until the mixture begins to look like cake frosting. And now you are ready to scrub! Sponges work best but if you want something more natural, try scrubbing with half of a lemon.

3.) Window Cleaner

Many popular window cleaners are no different, and contain many of the same harmful contaminants as the rest of them. Surprise! Help out your allergies and wallet at the same time by creating this solution that will cost roughly 40 cents for a full bottle. It’s hard to beat a deal like that these days. For making a window cleaning solution, you will need:

  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1/ 4 Cups of White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup of Dish Soap
  • Sponge
  • Squeegee
  • Cleaning Cloth(s)

Add all of your ingredients into a spray bottle and shake them up for mixture. Only spray as much cleaner as you can wipe off in one setting,. Use the rougher side of a sponge to remove any stains or hard-headed areas on your glass, then use a squeegee to remove it. Between swipes, dry the blade of the squeegee off with a cleaning cloth to help prevent streaking. Cleaning cloths are best for doing this, but paper towels can work just as well.

4.) Oven Cleaner

Cleaners made specifically for your oven aren’t exempt from containing harsh chemicals that can pollute your indoor air, making it easier for you and your family to breathe them in. To alleviate this and make your own, you’ll need:

  • 1 Teaspoon of Borax
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dish Liquid
  • 2 Cups of Hot Water

For this cleaner, you want to mix all of your ingredients together and spray them on the area, letting it sit for 20 minutes. If your oven is really greasy and has caked on areas, remove those before using your newly created spray.

These are only four of the cleaner and greener products you can make for yourself to ensure a better, more natural clean, while saving money and health issues from arising.

Stay tuned for part two, as we will be rolling out the remaining four.

If you have any of your own ideas or recipes for cleaning green, we would love to hear from you!

Easy DIY Recipes for Green Cleaning – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we started off with some of the basic household cleaning products that you should consider throwing out and replacing with those that you make yourself. Store bought cleaning products have been linked to health problems and pose a risk each time you encounter them.

Making your own green cleaning products can not only prevent your chances of any of these health problems from occurring, but save you money and time at the store buying them. With a few basic items that can be found at almost any grocery store, a range of these green cleaning products can be made for just about every component of your home. Now for part 2 of our DIY green cleaning recipe series.

1.) Lemon Duster

Dust can be a frequent visitor in our homes, and can contain harmful substances such as pesticides, allergens, plastic chemicals, and flame retardants, which can all be quite hazardous to our health. For a more natural way to remove dust from your home, gather the following products and get to mixin.’ You are going to need:

Just a Few Drops of Olive Oil
10 Drops of Pure Lemon Oil
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
Mix everything together and apply in a thin layer to your surfaces with a cotton cloth. This should easily pick up the dust before it multiplies but for really dusty homes, you may consider repeating as needed.

2.) Multi-Surface Cleaner

This is where you will be able to kill multiple birds with one stone. Multi-surface cleaners can be used all throughout your home however, the more you use it, the more exposed you become to the harmful contaminants within it. Due to the fact that multi-surface cleaners can be used in so many areas of a home, it is certainly one to consider switching to organic so you can decrease your exposure to it. You will need these ingredients:

8 Drops of Lavender Oil
8 Drops of Rosemary Oil
8 Drops of Tangerine Oil
4 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
Hot Water
2 Teaspoons of Borax
1 Teaspoon of Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda)
Using your borax and washing soda, mix the two together with your hot water and funnel them into a 1 quart spray bottle. Add the remaining ingredients and shake until there is no visibly undissolved powder left behind. The most important thing to remember when using this mixture in your home is that you should do a spot check before using it in any other areas. You certainly don’t want any discoloration or other kind of unwanted marks or stains.

3.) Air Freshener

Believe it or not, the chemicals found in air fresheners are proven to actually make the quality of air worse, due to the fact that they are filled with allergens and asthma inducing chemicals. To make a better quality air freshener to fill your home, you will need:

Several Cloves
Many Orange Peels
A Pot of Water
2 Cinnamon Sticks
Boil your pot of water on medium on your stove and soon after mix in your cloves, orange peels, and cinnamon sticks. Leave them on the stick for a while to boil. Together, these will brew to produce a safe and natural substance to freshen your air with.

4.) Laundry Powder

Most of your basic laundry cleaning agents are filled with migraine-inducing fragrant chemicals and foaming agents. The worst part about this is the fact that we put these fabrics on our bodies after they are washed, and directly exposing them to the skin. Protect yourself and your family by replacing your detergent with a green clean solution that includes:

1/2 Borax
1/2 Cup of Washing Soda
1/2 Grated Plain Bar Soap or Soap Flakes
Mason Jar
For this solution we will be making enough to store for future use. Combine all of your ingredients into the jar, mixing well. For each load, use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon for best results.

5 Green Cleaning Tricks for Your Kitchen

We all love a clean home. From the smell to the simple feeling of your home being fresh and clean, it’s a great feeling to have. But like we talked about in one of our last posts, most home cleaning products contain harmful substances that could be damaging to the health of everyone in your home. Many people don’t consider this because these well-known cleaning products are cheap and just plain easier to obtain. But what is it worth to breathe in these cleaners for years?

Green cleaning is an optimal solution that can can cost pennies on the dollar, and give you a more genuine and natural feeling of clean. When it comes to your kitchen where all of your food is prepared and consumed, you certainly want a safe and optimal clean. In this article, we are going to share 6 tips with you to leave you with a refreshing sensation that is actually safe to enjoy. These tips come straight to us from a dear friend that owns a professional cleaning business, and a well trusted source. Our friend Sam, has been in the business for 40 years and is like a walking dictionary for anyone looking for effective cleaning solutions.

1.) Let’s start with the fridge. If your refrigerator smells or contains a lot of leftovers, consider using a lemon rind with baking soda. Scoop out the inside of the lemon (don’t worry you don’t have to waste it; instead put it in your garbage disposal for a fresh clean and smell) and add some baking soda. The baking soda will absorb the smell while the lemon leaves behind a fresh scent and continue to keep your fridge smelling great.

2.) Speaking of your drain, it can get backed up from time to time without proper cleaning and disposed items being left behind. Instead of calling a plumber, try pouring hot water mixed with baking soda and a half a cup of white vinegar down your drain. Be sure to stay back a little, as this mixture should cause a large and fizzy reaction. Just make sure to not use too much baking soda and this could cause a large explosion you won’t want to handle. Remember making the erupting volcanoes in school? Yeah, it would be like that.

3.) Do the taps of your sink faucet have limescale on them? Regularly cleaning your faucets with a small amount of acidic vinegar should prevent this limescale from revisiting over and over again.

4.) The more you use surface cleaners, the more chances you have of breathing in the toxic chemicals they contain. Using a lemon for a surface cleaner kills bacteria and is a great way to cut through grease and other grime, not to mention leave a strong smell of clean.

5.) Over time, build up can occur on the tops of your counters. Dust and grease can get settled in from regular cooking over time, but can be tackled with a simple household product know as dish soap. Create a thick layer of dish soap and apply it to the affected areas, leaving it on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse well with a sponge or dishcloth and dab to try with a cotton towel.

With these five tips, your kitchen can take on an entirely new feeling of clean. After applying them for yourself you will never want to buy store bought cleaning products again, and continue to make your own for years to come.

What kind of green cleaning products have you tried to make your home and safer and more natural place?

Lean, Green, Cleaning Solutions for Less

Floors are great for playing on with your kids, even doing exercise, meditation, and yoga. Children often spend even more time playing and in some cases having nap time on the floor, which can be filled with germs and other unwanted substances.

Most store bought floor cleaners are filled with toxins that are quite harmful to your health. We speak on this topic a lot here on Environmental Cleaning, but it’s an important subject that has every reason to be covered over and over again. Many things cause cancers and other terrible diseases these days, and the toxins found in modern day cleaning substances can be a probable cause.

Creating your own green cleaning solutions can be a viable solution that can avoid these negative toxins that we breathe in each time we apply regular cleaners. Sure some of them may smell fresh and clean, but beneath the surface they are loaded with toxins. With the many activities that can happen on your floors, it’s best to have a safe solution that isn’t so harmful to breathe in.

This video will go into deeper detail on creating your very own green floor cleaning solution. Not only is this solution safer than the store bought brands, but it can be much cheaper to make. How can you go wrong with two deals like that?

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Finding and Using Green Cleaning Products
Posted on July 13, 2015 3:44 am by admin Comment
As you may have learned from one of our previous posts that green cleaning products have better health benefits and can be created yourself for pennies on the dollar.

In fact, some of the most common household items that you probably already have in stock such as lemons and baking soda can be used to create green clean products that are just as, if not more effective than the store bought brands. If you are using these store bought brands, you are exposing yourself and your family to harmful chemicals and other substances. Some of these substances can be so harmful that they can even lead to serious health problems.

You can also check out this post and this post for more detailed instructions on how to make the switch to these green clean products.

If you have any of your own tips, don’t hesitate to share with others. We are always glad to get new tips and recommendations.

How to Deep Clean Your Carpets in a Green Way

When it comes to your carpets, pets, kids, and time certainly aren’t on  your side. You may be cleaning your carpet on a regular basis but as you  clean over the years, stains, odors and debris and become entrenched deep into the fibers making it change colors and lose it’s overall feeling of  clean.

Hiring a professional to clean and even maintain your carpets can become a costly investment and let’s face it, doing it all yourself can take a lot of  time that you probably don’t have.

The good news for you is that it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to get your carpets clean again. There are are already products in your home along with a few you may need to purchase for a small price that can clean with the same amount of power as the major name brands, but for half the price-or less. To accomplish this, you will need the following products and equipment:

  • Salt
  • White Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Vacuum Cleaner

For tougher issues and best results you may want to rent a steam carpet cleaner from your local grocery store, simply because of the fact that it has more power.

Step #1: Vacuum the designated area multiple times so that it’s free of dust, dander, pet hair, and any other type of debris.

Step #2: Now it’s time to get mixing. Conjoin 1/4 Borax, 1/4 salt, and 1/4 white vinegar until it resembles a paste and apply directly to the soiled sections of your carpet and/or the stains.

Let the solution sit for a few hours, depending on the extremity of your stains. Lighter stains should take a lesser amount of time than those that are bigger and tougher to remove. Vacuum over the applied area after it dries and repeat if necessary.

Step #3: If you choose to use a steam cleaner here’s where it’s going to come in. Instead of using any cleaning shampoo fill the machine with very hot water, taking extreme caution of course. Believe it or not, the temperature of the hot water can get the majority of grit out on it’s own.

For really tough stains, white vinegar can be added into your steam clean machine. The best ratios to follow are typically 1 cup of vinegar to 2.5 gallons of water.

If you really want to get your carpet clean, run the steam machine over the area more than one time.

Step #4: Allow your carpet to dry and if you need to put any furniture you may have moved during the process back in it’s place, use aluminum foil to put underneath it to prevent it from getting wet as well. Try to avoid walking on your wet carpet at all costs to avoid stains and a wasted day of cleaning.

Fantastic Formula For Cleaning Tile & Grout Effectively

Tile and grout may be aesthetically pleasing to the human eye but when left dirty for some time, the opposite effect can sometimes take place. Tiny cracks along tile grout can be hard to reach and therefore clean, taking lots of time and even money to get clean again. Despite what you may think, tile and grout cleaning doesn’t have to be that way and can be done quicker and easier.

The powerful solution we’re about to tell you about is cheap, efficient, and much less frustrating than hiring a professional or taking on the task yourself. So what exactly is this powerful solution?

The answer: Equal parts dish soap and white vinegar. Many people have said that Dawn has worked best for them, but in our experience any brand will work. Another recommendation is to heat the vinegar up in the microwave before adding the soap. The best way to find what works best for your situation will obviously depend on your individual preference.

To begin the process, mix the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on the grout lines you will be working on first. Let the solution sit for 3-5 minutes (for grimy, tough stains, leaving on longer can sometimes work better), then scrub. After that, wipe that solution completely away with a dry washcloth or towel.

Repeat as needed. For really dirty areas, this process may need to be repeated several times in order to make an impact on your surface.

And there you go! A quick and simple solution for tile and grout cleaning.

Now for those of you that prefer a little automation, we discovered a tool from Home Repair Tutor that goes by the name of the “Grout Grime Buster 3000″. This cool tool along with a solution similar to the one we featured in the beginning of this article can save you even more time and frustration.

With a combination like this, your tile grout is almost guaranteed to be clean again and dang near close to new again.

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